Monday, Feb. 22, 2016

Digging deep

New push for stringent limits on California well drilling

An irrigation pipe disconnected from a Fresno cotton field. MARK CROSSE / Fresno Bee

Fresno Bee

Sacramento Bee

Warning that a drought-driven surge in well drilling is causing the earth to sag and imperiling long-term water supplies, a California senator wants to place more stringent limits on new wells. Senate Bill 1317 by Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, would have people hoping to sink new wells in strained basins furnish proof that they would not have "undesirable impacts." It would halt new wells in the state's 21 critically overdrafted basins.

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Feds consider water allocation for farms, cities

Capital Press

The return of rain and snow "could be helpful" to prospects for bringing federal water to farms this year, but officials could still be a couple of weeks from making that determination. The Central Valley Project typically makes its initial allocations in late February, but hydrologists and other officials aren't ready to predict how much water they'll be able to deliver this spring and summer.

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How residents are changing the water landscape

Christian Science Monitor

California residents have been forced to use less water with each passing year, but as drought becomes the new norm, they aren't just conserving, they're revolutionizing the way the state manages its water. It points to how conservation, when pushed by necessity, can become something more powerful.

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